Bending The Elbow on my Forehand

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Roy125, May 27, 2010.

  1. Roy125

    Roy125 Professional

    Jul 8, 2009
    San Diego, California
    Ok, when you hit a standard and traditional (flat) forehand, you generally don't bend the elbow much while you're making impact with the ball right? You generally just bend your elbow when you're following through?

    If that's the case, then I am hitting more forehands with incorrect technique because most of the times, I don't elongate my arm. My mind apparently does not want me to do this and is making me think that if I do elongate my hand during contact, I will somehow get hurt in the process.:shock:

    Yes, my body's weird, I know that.

    How do I make myself more comfortable with not bending my elbow during my forehand because I'm scared of hurting myself every time I elongate my arm during the stroke.
  2. Ptrac

    Ptrac Rookie

    Aug 20, 2008
    I will try to explain this the best I can, Im not even sure this will help. Keep your elbow at your waist and move your forearm/wrist/hand in the forehand circular motion without moving your elbow. You elbow will effectively be the axis of movement. This has helped me get the feeling of dropping the racket head and also extending my arm in the takeback/ swing.
  3. KenC

    KenC Hall of Fame

    Aug 31, 2009
    Well, completely straight arming the ball isn't really a good idea either, you need a small angle at the elbow, maybe like 15degrees. There is also a slight bend at the wrist so that the wrist isn't completely straight but somewhere between completely laid back and straight. I think some coaches call this the double bend.

    During follow through you end up with a 90 degree angle bend.

    The most natural feeling forehands involve a lot of the body, not just the arm. Things like footwork, hip rotation, shoulder rotation, bodyweight transfers and such all have to groove to make a forehand feel natural.
  4. pgreg

    pgreg New User

    Jul 16, 2009
  5. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    Actually, a bent elbow at impact is often desirable. Many pros hit the FH with a double bend = laid-back wrist and bent elbow. Some, like Federer, have much less bend than others but (almost) never hyper-extended (or completely straight). His so-called "straight-arm" FH is a bit of a misnomer. This minimal bend in the arm is difficult to control for may players - better to go with more of a bend (unless you have the talens of Federer).

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